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Which LA Neighborhoods Have the Highest and Lowest Vaccination Rates So Far? We Now Have A Map

A woman receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

L.A. County health officials released new data today, showing which areas have the highest rates of residents who are vaccinated against COVID-19, and conversely, which have the lowest.

The bottom line: residents of South and East LA, as well as the San Fernando, San Gabriel, and Antelope Valleys have the lowest coverage rate so far.

While some of the county's most expensive places to live — including Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and La Cañada/Flintridge, have the highest.

You can see an overview of the rates here data via the map below (or explore on the Dept. of Public Health website — which allows you to zoom in and see different neighborhoods).

Courtesy LADPH

Keep in mind the data is based on the total number of people living in those areas, not how many people there are currently eligible for the vaccine. Still, Dr. Paul Simon, the county health department's chief science officer, says it reflects a worrying trend:

"Despite this limitation, the findings are deeply concerning, and provide further illustration of the deeply-rooted health inequities that exist in our society."

The latest figures also show that more seniors who've gotten the vaccine are white, than any other racial or ethnic group.

They make up about 43% of those age 65 and older who have had at least one dose, while Latino/a seniors account for about 29%. Older Black Angelenos represent less than a quarter of those who have been vaccinated to date.

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The Perseverance Rover Is Doing Just Fine On Mars — And It's Getting Ready To Send More Pix

This high-resolution still image is part of a video taken by several cameras as NASA’s Perseverance rover touched down on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. A camera aboard the descent stage captured this shot. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

"Great and healthy on the surface of Mars."

That's how scientists with NASA and JPL described the Perseverance Rover on Friday morning, nearly 24 hours after the robot touched down on the Red Planet.

JPL, which built the Perseverence Rover, today released a high-resolution image of the rover in midair, just before it touched down on Mars. The still image was pulled from video footage of Perseverance's touchdown. That footage is still being relayed to Earth and processed.

Right now, the team behind the mission is busy checking the rover's software and hardware to make sure everything is working properly. Pauleen Hwang, the Mars 2020 Strategic Mission Manager, says:

"We're going to do all of our instrument alignment checks on all of the rover. We're also going to do a helicopter checkout, which is at the bottom of the rover. We're going to proceed with our mast deploy, which has our mast instruments and camera. Once that's successfully deployed, on Saturday, we will proceed by taking lots of images with our mast camera."

If everything goes according to plan, humans here on Earth should see more Perseverance images by Monday.

This is the first high-resolution, color image to be sent back by the Hazard Cameras (Hazcams) on the underside of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover after its landing on Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Unlike with past rovers, the majority of Perseverance's cameras capture images in color. When NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, it could only send a stop-motion movie of its descent, so Perseverance's optics are a significant improvement.

Weighing in at approximately one ton, Perseverence has six wheels, is 10 feet long, 9 feet wide, 7 feet tall and looks a little like Wall-E.

You can check out all of its images on the Perseverance's Twitter account... because it's 2021 and why wouldn't a robot have 1.8 million social media followers?

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California Will Save 10% Of Its Vaccine Supply For Teachers, Starting March 1

Carolyn Fowler of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) receives her Covid-19 vaccination. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

California will earmark 10% of its weekly vaccine supplies for teachers, school staff and childcare providers starting March 1, Governor Newsom announced today. The move is designed to jump start the process of reopening schools for in-person learning.

The governor says the state is able to do this becuase officilas know more doses are on the way and are better prepared to plan in advance moving forward:

"The reason we can do [this] more formally [now], even though we have allowed for it over the course of the last number of weeks, is ....[becuase of] more vaccinations that we know are now coming from the Biden administration."

Newsom says the state anticipates 1.4 million vaccines doses next week and 1.5 point-million doses the week after that.

The governor didn't release any other plans about how the vaccines for educators would be administered...

L.A. County already announced plans to add teachers to the list of those eligible for vaccines starting March 1, along with workers in the child care, food and agriculture, and law enforcement sectors.

But more than 1.3 million people fall into those categories, and with supplies still limited, it could take weeks to get through them all.


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Race In LA: 'What Are You?' A Biracial Black Woman Gets Real About The Questions People Have The Nerve To Ask

Rebecca, left, at age 7 with her younger sister and aunt while visiting her aunt's ranch in Otay Mesa, east of San Diego. (Courtesy of Rebecca Jones)

Rebecca Jones grew up with a white mom, a Black dad, and a whole lot of questions from strangers.

Questions along the lines of "Are you adopted?" or "Where do you get your color?" or "What are you?" or "Where are you from?"

Most of which left her without an easy answer or comeback. As for the things people have assumed about her, well, that runs the gamut from mildly amusing to downright awful.

Lately, Jones has been thinking about a certain kind of white privilege: The assumption that one belongs, no questions asked. As she writes in her essay for Race in LA:

It is only in retrospect, and upon deep reflection, that I have considered the likelihood that white people have an experience of the world very different from my own, and a different feeling about their place in it. I suspect that these feelings are largely unconscious, as most of mine have been for much of my life.

A white person with a local accent is not likely to be asked where they are from, nor would anyone be surprised by their intelligence or their English proficiency. A white student walking home with a backpack, I think it's safe to say, will not be assumed to be a domestic worker rather than a neighbor. And they most certainly will not be suspected of being undocumented.

All of these are things, as she writes, that people have assumed about her.



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LA's Already Bad Vaccine Backlog Could Get Worse In March

Dodger Stadium is one of the area's mass vaccination sites. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

Vaccine supplies are already limited around Southern California, but they could soon become even more sparse.

That's because a lot more people are about to become eligible.

Starting March 1: L.A. county will open eligibility to more than one million essential workers, including teachers, school staff, child care workers, food and agriculture workers, and law enforcement personnel.

Starting March 15th: The state has directed providers to make shots available to anyone ages 16-64 with a qualifying underlying health condition, including cancer, Down syndrome and pregnancy.

These changes will further strain supply, said County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer:

"We’re going to have a difficult month probably in March, but I really do think the situation will change in April."

What changes in April? Ferrer said we’re expecting more doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from the federal government and the approval of a third vaccine, from Johnson & Johnson, which could happen before the end of this month. Doses for the new vaccine could possibly even ship out in March (fingers crossed).

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Morning Brief: LAUSD’s New ‘Climate Coaches’ Are Part Of Education’s Restorative Practices Movement

Cache Jones and her daughter attend a June 16 protest urging officials to defund L.A. School Police. Cache says her daughter, a kindergartener, has already faced unjust treatment at her school.

Good morning, L.A. It’s Feb. 19.

L.A. is making waves across the country, thanks to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board’s decision to eliminate police on campuses, and replace them with so-called “climate coaches.”

The resolution, adopted at a special board meeting earlier this week, also included a vote in favor of funding the Black Student Achievement Plan, which reinvests the $25 million saved by taking officers off campuses into programs aimed at supporting Black students.

The decisions aim to make schools safer, make students feel more at ease, and reduce disparities in discipline between Black and Latina/o students and other racial groups. But what, exactly, are “climate coaches”?

According to the board’s agenda, people holding the position will be hired “from the communities they serve with extensive knowledge and familiarity to strengthen student connection.”

In other words, it will be someone the kids know and respect. As Joseph Williams, the director of operations and campaigns for Students Deserve, told my colleague Caroline Champlin, "It's like a parent or a trusted adult or elder in the community ... you're not going to swing on your uncle."

Climate coaches, once hired, will be trained in building positive relationships with students, effective de-escalation strategies, and emphasizing social-emotional learning. The district plans to hire 43 full-time positions.

The creation of this job at LAUSD stems from the idea of restorative practices, a school of thought and action that aims to encourage kids to resolve conflict through kindness and social-emotional skills. Rather than enforce punitive consequences, schools committed to restorative practices work with students to talk through problems.

Baltimore City Public Schools have implemented a similar program, calling it their Blueprint for Success. And Jurupa Unified School District, located just west of Riverside, has one as well.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

What Else You Need To Know Today

  • The Disneyland vaccination super-site will close until Monday, because bad weather across the country delayed the delivery of doses.
  • The U.S. Immigration Act of 2021, unveiled by the Biden administration yesterday, would provide an eight-year path to U.S. citizenship for immigrants living in the country without legal status.
  • At least 3,122 licensed child care centers in California have closed since the start of the pandemic.
  • People who get vaccinated can help the CDC track the shot's safety with a new online tool.
  • Officials installed a new nylon mesh mat across the sand in a portion of Manhattan Beach to improve accessibility.
  • NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars yesterday.
  • Long Beach Unified has pushed the return date for students in K-5 back to March 29.
  • Get a courtesy carwash from FX's Snowfall. Celebrate Donnie Darko's 20th anniversary. Attend a cinema panel on Black identity. Peep an Asian American virtual film fest. Learn about herbs for nerves. And more.

Weekend Reads

There's a lot going on in the world right now, and it’s hard enough to keep up with our day-to-day lives, let alone to stay current on the news. But if you have some time this weekend, here’s what you may have missed:

The 13-mile hiking and biking Park to Playa trail, connecting the Crenshaw District to the ocean at Playa del Rey, is finally open. (LAist)

After Compton Mayor Aja Brown made the surprise announcement that she wouldn’t be running for re-election, another woman has thrown her hat in the ring. (L.A. Watts Times) COuncilwoman Emma Sharif

Isabel and Leonard Ruiz, now in their mid-80s, first met in 1957 at a dance in North Hollywood. Their love has endured. (San Fernando Valley Sun)

Britney Spears’ most recent conservatorship hearing went down on Feb. 11. If you have no idea what we mean by "conservatorship," you're not alone. (LAist)

California’s cannabis regulatory agency suddenly revoked the permits of 300 state licensees, then almost immediately reinstated them. (Marijuana Business Daily)

Cocktails to-go could be one of the pandemic’s lasting legacies in California. (Eater L.A.)

Mama's Lu Dumpling House, a popular San Gabriel Valley restaurant known for its xiao long bao (soup dumplings), is under scrutiny from the state. (LAist)

In 2020, we saw more home cooks, restaurant veterans and food vendors begin selling their goods via social media. After the pandemic recedes, the trend may reshape the way Angelenos eat. (LAist)

Before You Go … This L.A. Trans Woman Almost Revolutionized The Car Industry In The 1970s

Elizabeth Carmichael with her family. (Courtesy HBO)

HBO's new documentary series, The Lady and the Dale, explores the life of Elizabeth Carmichael, a trans woman who could have changed the auto industry for good … if only her criminal history hadn’t kept creeping into her business approach.

Co-directed by Nick Cammilleri and Zackary Drucker, the series looks at Carmichael’s captivating story, including her company, Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation, and its eco-friendly Dale car.

Cammilleri learned about Carmichael in 2011, through a 1989 Unsolved Mysteries episode, and became committed to unearthing it all. "It took me years,” he said. “I wanted to know everything."

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